Norman Murray was Chairman of the premium international spirits company The Edrington Group whose brands include The Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes and Famous Grouse whiskies. He was Chairman of the international oil services company Petrofac Limited, and of the oil exploration and production company Cairn Energy plc, both FTSE 100 companies. He was also Deputy Chairman of Cairn India Limited, the Senior Independent Director at Robert Wiseman Dairies plc and Greene King plc, and served on the Boards of Glasgow Income Trust, Penta Capital Partners, and Bristow Helicopter Group. In his executive roles he was Chief Executive then Chairman of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and a director of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management.
He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and a past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association. Norman chaired the independent committee charged with establishing the Audit Firm Governance Code, published by the Financial Reporting Council in 2010.
He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Research Committee which published Making Corporate Reports Valuable and was Chairman of the Institute's Public Sector Task Force which published Accounting for Public Service-Towards a New Reporting Framework.
Norman was a Governor and Chairman of the Investment Committee at St Columba's Hospice, Chairman of the Governing Council at George Watson's College Edinburgh and is currently an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and graduated from the Programme for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1987. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015 and is also Chairman of the Ethics Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Norman has had a lifelong interest in the arts and is a Trustee of Scottish Ballet Endowment Fund as well as a Patron of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.